Seminar Speakers

Kurt Rodgers

Network Strategist


Kurt Rodgers is Chorus’ Network Strategy Manager, he has 20 years’ experience in building fixed and mobile broadband networks in New Zealand and across Europe. Kurt has a fervent passion for new technology and innovation. He enjoys taking the complexity out of emerging technologies and illustrating the potential impact on our lives in ways we can all understand. Kurt has held a wide range of engineering roles including network design, planning, architecture, and strategy. Over the last ten years, Kurt has been closely involved in the Ultra-Fast Broadband program with a focus on network architecture and technology innovation.

Mike Barron

Group Business Manager

JAE Group

New Zealand

Mike is passionate about process improvement and the elimination of waste from businesses. He has learnt the hard way about poor requirements that lead to extra costs and project delivery delays. Prior to his role at the JAE Group, Mike worked as a Senior Business Analyst on major change programmes for large NZ corporates including Suncorp and Fonterra. He also spent 10 years working in London as Business Analyst for EDF Energy, one of the world’s largest electric utility companies.

Sam Parker

GM of IT and Digital

Profile Group Limited

Sam has over 20 years industry experience across infrastructure, software, sales and operational management. With a focus on enabling customer success, operational improvement and systems modernisation, Sam leads with a philosophy that it’s the technologists role to understand business needs and recommend solutions that fit organisational culture and direction. Profile Group Limited is New Zealand’s largest manufacturer of doors and windows

Aaron Evans

Director of Digital Operations


During Aaron’s career, he has had the opportunity to develop and refine his management, technical application and problem solving skills.  These skills have been put into practice in a number of different areas, including; managing teams, operational management, account management, program & project management, strategic focus and resource management.


Aaron aided in the rebuilding of the NZTE infrastructure/security and hardware model to lead a ‘Cloud First’ approach adopting new and emerging technologies quickly to enhance the business requirements and enhance operational security, flexibility, and availability. He also led the teams into a phase of the rapid adoption of new and emerging technologies and rebuilt the processes and governance structures required to execute and maintain the rapid pace of change.

Amanda White


Taylor Pass Honey Co

Amanda’s background includes working with the New Zealand Army as a Janus simulation operator for wartime scenario training, teaching ICT to male and female prison inmates within the Wellington region, holding ICT positions within the Royal New Zealand Air Force, ICT Consulting, Head of ICT at Marlborough Lines and being an ICT leader within the New Zealand Electricity sector. Currently Amanda is Head of ICT and Digital at Taylor Pass Honey Co. She has also received awards such as the Emerging ICT leader Award and Young ICT Award and holds an MBA.

Anastasia Antonova

Senior Market Analyst


Anastasia Antonova is a market analyst within the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Software Research Team, based in New Zealand. Anastasia’s key focus areas include Enterprise Applications, Big Data & Analytics, and Data Platforms software markets.  In this role Anastasia is responsible for market sizing across ANZ, segmentation and data analysis, and establishing forecasts and trends. She provides qualitative analysis and market insights utilising primary research data collected via interviews, briefings, surveys, and also secondary research.

Before moving into her current role, Anastasia was part of the Hardware team at IDC. As a hardware analyst, Anastasia engaged with printing and peripherals vendors as well as channel and industry experts to support the IPDS ANZ research programme. Using a mix of both primary research and secondary sources, Anastasia was responsible for preparing clearly articulated, well-researched, and credible market reports; sizing and forecasting the New Zealand printing peripherals; and monitoring the market on an ongoing basis.

Anastasia has over three years of professional experience working with hardware and software vendors as an Assistant Project Manager. She was engaged in a number of IT projects concurrently and her main responsibilities were spread around project management and business analysis activities.

Anastasia earned her bachelor's degree at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. In New Zealand, Anastasia graduated with honors from Auckland University of Technology Business School, specialising in Business Information Systems.

Chris Hockings



Chris is the Cyber Security CTO for IBM Australia and NZ, focused on delivering software and services innovation for clients across the region. Having spent his first 17 years of his career in Global and Asia Pacific cyber security solution focused roles, he moved back into the A/NZ region in 2017 to lead cyber security innovation, strategic engagement in support of the IBM business. He has written and been granted 44 cyber security patents (inventions) and he achieved CISSP certification.

Deane Jessep

Regional Manager (NZPAC)


Deane has worked in businesses both large and entrepreneurial, holding senior executive, leadership and delivery roles. Representing and managing at all levels of the industry; customers, systems integration, distribution, and vendor suppliers.

He is experienced across major ICT categories including; digital and ux, hardware, software, SaaS, professional services, managed services, and cloud.

A practiced provider of good governance and innovation; Deane leverages these skills to drive change into businesses to make them more profitable and resilient to disruption.

Deane holds core skills in critical thinking, strategic planning, programme management, commercial, leadership, operations, and negotiating.

Community minded, Deane also finds time to volunteer on charitable boards and between 2004 and 2007 was a Napier City Councilor, before deciding to put his love of public policy, good governance and rate payer outcomes on hold to build a career in the technology sector.

Deane now focuses on working to transform the way businesses communicate globally with 8x8.

James Fleet

Chief Marketing & Technology Officer

The Jones Family Business

Executive team member. Responsible for the development, execution and management of the technology team (IT) & group marketing strategy at the Jones Family Business group.

The Jones Family business group has three core businesses- Kitchen Things, Applico and Jones Services, all specialising in major domestic appliances and providing New Zealanders with a complete offering in purchasing and maintaining premium European appliances.

James lives and breathes technology, digital marketing & ecommerce. With over 15 years experience working with leading Australasian companies in key verticals such as travel, finance, appliances & electronics, his success has been measured by his ability to deliver high business growth. Finding and leading exceptional digital and ecommerce technology talent has been a key factor in his ability to do this. 

James takes great pride in being an innovator, in creating the best teams and motivating them to get the best results in high pressure, high growth environments using modern approaches to getting stuff done.

Jon Adams

Executive General Manager

Toll New Zealand

Jon Adams leads Toll Global Express as the New Zealand Executive General Manager. He has the responsibility for New Zealand’s operations across freight forwarding, courier and specialised transport services. Prior to joining Toll, Jon held executive roles in logistics for organisations including The Warehouse Group in New Zealand; Tesco’s in the UK, Hungary and South Korea; and Loblaw’s in Canada. His track record demonstrates success for delivering logistics outcomes for customers in New Zealand, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Mr Adams holds a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University’s School of Management in England.

Neha Ralhan

Research Manager


Neha Ralhan is a research manager for IDC Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) responsible for working with vendors, IT service providers, and end-user clients to understand how technologies are disrupting and transforming key industries. Her areas of focus include telecommunications, customer experience, cloud services, digital transformation (DX), and Internet of Things (IoT).

Based in Sydney, Neha has over 10 years of experience working across the health and government sectors primarily within ehospitals, research and policy, and ICT project and transformation management. Prior to joining IDC, Neha led the digital health research program at GlobalData in the United Kingdom.

Neha holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of Sydney and a bachelor’s degree in Social Research and Policy from the University of New South Wales.

Nicholas Lambrou

Managing Director

Dell Boomi

Richard Harrison

Chief Information Security Officer

HealthAlliance Tenable

Richard is an award winning globally recognised cybersecurity leader who understands cybersecurity risks balanced against the demands of the business, users and, in a healthcare setting, patients. He has overseen and built a spectrum of security services including strategic consulting, cyber defence, digital identity, response and remediation services, and managed security services. At healthAlliance he is focused on building and implementing an information security transformation strategy and programme designed to embed robust and effective governance over cyber security and risk and develop the capabilities required to effectively implement security controls and enable the business to achieve its objectives. The aim is to improve visibility into the environment and know the unknown; ensure security by design from initiation, design, build and operate and excel in the areas of security operations and vulnerability management

Sami Laine

Director of Technology Strategy


Sami Laine is Director of Technology Strategy at Okta. For last couple of decades Sami has helped many of the world's largest enterprises, financial institutions and public sector organizations protect against fraud, malware, threats and data breaches and now at Okta helps companies embrace identity as the new security perimeter. 

Sarah Heal


Information Leadership

Sarah is an enthusiastic advocate for the power of information. She has a deep recordkeeping background starting her career at Archives NZ, followed by information management roles in local government before co-founding Information Leadership. Steadily growing over 15 years, with fifty staff now spread across NZ, Information Leadership are now acknowledged as thought leaders in the information and knowledge management space with more than 200 customers. Winners of the Microsoft Partner Awards last year for their Office365 digital transformation with Todd Energy and members of the elite Content Services Partner program, limited to just twenty-four Microsoft partners world-wide - the staff at Information Leadership are committed to deliver their best and work alongside customers to support them to achieve their goals.

Shirley McIntyre

Chief Digital Officer


Shirley McIntyre believes digital technology is not just about creating beautiful user experience: it’s about creating new ways of thinking and frictionless ways of working. It’s about experimenting, taking risks, and ultimately, delivering exceptional digital products to Jarden’s clients. Shirley’s career has spanned multiple industries and roles, always with the objective of accomplishing outstanding client impact through the implementation of technology. Shirley is known for kick-starting digital transformations, both in her former role as Chief Digital Officer for Livestock Improvement Corporation and in previous roles across the banking sector and private enterprise. Critical to any successful change is the team that makes it happen and the mindset they bring. Creating that culture is super hard, to quote Marc Andreesson, software is eating the world, …….no one should expect building a high growth, software-powered company in an established industry to be easy. Its brutally difficult. Of course that’s also why it’s worth doing.”

Sujai Hajela

Senior VP & General Manager of Enterprise

Juniper Networks

Sujai Hajela is currently Senior Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise at Juniper Networks and is focused on ushering the network for the next decade – the AI-Driven Enterprise. Prior to Juniper, he was co-founder, president and CEO of Mist Systems, a pioneer in AI-Driven operations for Wi-Fi. Previously to Mist, Hajela held senior-level roles across data center networking, campus networking (including wired and wireless LAN), and enterprise routing.

Previously, Hajela was Senior Vice President of Product Management and Strategy for Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Group and he was responsible for the vision, solutions, and product strategy of Cisco’s enterprise routing, switching, and mobility portfolios. In that role, his global organization worked directly with customers and partners to create and market networking solutions that help IT navigate technology transitions — including mobility, cloud, intelligent WAN, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Hajela also served as Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Wireless and Cloud Networking Group, and he led Cisco’s acquisitions of ThinkSmart and Meraki. He has been instrumental in crafting the vision of Cisco Unified Access, an intelligent platform that enables new connected experiences and operational efficiencies to accelerate business innovation and growth.

Before Cisco, Hajela was Vice President and General Manager at Motorola, where he was responsible for the wireless network solutions business, including wireless LAN, wireless security (Air Defense), management (Wireless Valley), wireless broadband, private broadband, and voice over WLAN. In that role, he established Motorola’s vision for the wireless enterprise and drove the development of the distributed next-generation WLAN architecture (WiNG). Hajela has also held global positions with Nortel and Hewlett-Packard.

Hajela holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer science and technology from Bangalore University in India, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

Tom Maasland



Tom is a Partner in this leading law firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice – ranked by international legal researchers as Tier 1 in New Zealand. Tom has more than 18 years’ experience advising in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He advises on the full gamut of technology law issues – from advising clients on major technology transformation programs and large scale technology procurement, through outsourcing and managed services and “as a service” arrangements, to the more run of the mill software licensing and support agreements. Tom also advises clients on emerging technology areas such as cyber security, artificial intelligence, and blockchain.

Tom leads MinterEllisonRuddWatts Tech Innovation group, which is, amongst other things, working with the firm’s artificial intelligence joint venture McCarthyFinch, to explore the application of this new technology for clients.

William Coundrelis

Head of Sales - ANZ